Leeds Hospitals Charity has recently provided more than £10,000 of funding for a Neonatal Resuscitaire in the Emergency Department at St James’s University Hospital.

Although the Children’s Accident and Emergency Department is located at Leeds General Infirmary, staff still regularly see parents with poorly babies visiting St James’s.

This is of no fault of their own, often families are non-English speaking or may be new to the area so are unaware that there is a separate Children’s A&E.

With the Resuscitaire on hand staff can blend oxygen and pressure levels to deliver incredibly accurate results, helping to clear babies’ lungs of any fluids and prevent their lungs from collapsing.

Thanks to this specialist piece of equipment, if a poorly premature or new-born baby is brought to the Emergency Department staff can ensure that they receive the best possible care before the baby is stable enough to be transferred for specialist care.

We spoke to Gareth Lumb, Resuscitation Officer who explained just how much of a difference the Resuscitaire makes, “It really is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment, which we would not have been able to provide without support from the charity. It’s not only going to help us save babies lives, but also help our staff development – one of the staff I’ve trained on the equipment has been inspired to work on Neonates because of this revolutionary equipment!”